One Child Hospitalized, Two Deceased Along with Father Near Warden
Update: Nov. 114, 2022 7 a.m.
The father has been identified as 32-year-old Miguel Porfirio De Dios. He and six-year-old Oliver Porfirio Maldonado were recovered on Sunday afternoon. The body of eight-year-old William Porfirio Maldonado was recovered early Saturday morning.
Update: Nov. 13, 2022 at 5:28 p.m.
On Sunday, the search for the remaining family members in the tragic fishing trip near Warden ended after first responders found the bodies of the father and his six-year-old son.
Divers retrieved both bodies around 2:45 p.m. First responders received support from the family involved and those supporting the family.
At this time, the names of the family involved have been withheld so as to give time for loved ones to notify other family members.
Original: Nov. 12, 2022 at 10:35 a.m.
One child was found deceased and another hospitalized following a canoe accident that left their father and brother missing near Warden Friday.
A 32-year-old father brought his three sons aged six, eight, and ten from Othello to go fishing at the Columbia Wildlife Refuge south of SR 262.
Sometime during this trip, the family’s canoe capsized.
Later that night, family members went looking for them when they did not hear back from the father.
The family found the 10-year-old child along the shore, however his father and two brothers did not resurface.
The 10-year-old boy was later taken to Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake for exposure symptoms.
Sometime around 11 p.m., rescuers recovered the body of his eight-year-old brother.
As of Saturday morning, the father and six-year-old boy are still missing.
Authorities will continue search and rescue efforts during the day.